The Walker School Library has an assortment of online resources including ebooks, audiobooks, and more.
School librarian Emily Arico recently announced the addition of 30 new ebooks to the collection including some student requests such as “Refugee,” “Ghost,” “Hunger Games Trilogy,” and “New Kid.”
Ebooks can be checked out for seven days using the Walker Upper Elementary School Online Media Center. Also, if students would like to request a book that is not currently in the library, they can make their requests using the Googe Form provided in the media center.
Additionally, weekly lessons called Explorations are posted in the online media center. Explorations can be found here.
The Walker Buford United PTO will meet on Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tonsler Park Recreation Center. All families of Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School are invited to attend.
To keep up with the latest PTO efforts, please join our Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/walkerbufordunited/, and visit our web site, http://www.walkerbufordunited.org.
Charlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools. In 2019, the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities.
Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems. Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation of high performance equipment throughout our schools.
The City is also working with each school to raise awareness about energy and water saving practices through education and outreach efforts that include distributing educational materials and providing tips and strategies that students and faculty can use to reduce the energy and water impact at our schools.
Each quarter a different theme emphasizes aspects of energy and water efficiency/conservation. The 2019-2020 themes are:
Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.org.
Learn more about other green initiatives at Charlottesville City Schools here.
Summer Quarter: This summer the Energy and Water Management Team wants you to take what you learned around how to save energy and water at school and apply it at home!
Let’s first focus on reducing our energy waste at home. This can look like turning the lights off when you leave a room, making sure you power down and unplug electronics when you are not using them, and making sure doors and windows aren’t left open when your home’s heating or air conditioning is running.
When you look at water, there are some easy ways we can reduce our water waste at home. Remember to always turn the water off when not in use (like while we are brushing our teeth), don’t forget to fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water when you are thirsty, and if you see dripping faucet or running toilet tell an adult to fix it! Plus, if you help your family with some gardening projects outside, look to the weather to do the watering work or collect rainwater to use for watering later.
This summer let’s all commit to saving energy and water. Take this pledge and start implementing these easy steps at home today!
This summer I pledge to be an energy and water saver at home!
You are now ready to be an energy and water saver! Together we can all have a huge impact at home and at school.
Paper copies of the activity sheets were included with our summer meal distribution program. Copies can also be found in the main office of each school building, or you can contact the Energy and Water Management Team, at EnergyWaterTeam@Charlottesville.gov.
This spring the Energy and Water Management Team is back with more reminders to help us trim up our energy and water use!
Help our school reduce energy waste! Make sure outside doors close behind you and tell an adult if propped open. This will help keep our cooled and heated air inside our school rather than letting it escape through open doors to the outside!
Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle along with you wherever you go! Fill it up from tap water, which comes from our rivers and is cleaned to make it safe and taste good. Before dumping out any left over water, think reusable by giving it to some plants that would happily enjoy that water.
Spring Quarter Tips:
1. Keep outside doors closed
2. Fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water
3. If you see a water leak or an open outside door, report it!
If we each reduce our energy and water waste at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits,together we can have a real impact.
Did you know that the greenhouse gases produced from energy used at all 10 Charlottesville City Schools is equal to the greenhouse gases produced by 500 homes? We know our schools need resources to operate but what exactly uses energy and water in our schools every day?
We are asking students and faculty to try to identify what uses energy and water when you walk into your classroom each day. For energy, think about the overhead lighting, computers, electronics, and air conditioning/heating. For water, think about the water fountain in the hallway and sink in your classroom. What about at home?
There are also the items that aren’t as noticeable such as leaving your phone plugged in even when it’s fully charged or not paying attention to that dripping faucet. Even when a phone is plugged in and is fully charged, it still uses 2.24 watts of energy, and that slow drip…drip…drip of a faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year!
Let’s reduce our energy and water impact at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits we can do each day.
Winter Quarter Tips:
The energy and water that we use at home and in our school are typically provided using finite resources. In Virginia, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are used to produce over 60% of the electricity that we use, with nuclear and renewables making up the rest. We also use natural gas directly to heat our school and to heat our water. The water we use is pumped from reservoirs fed by rivers and is treated before coming to our homes and school as clean, potable water. Simply put, our demand for electricity, natural gas, and water (the amount we use) has a direct impact on these resources. We have a responsibility to manage what we use but we’re also empowered with the ability to make lasting change.
In many cases we use more than we need, so we already have simple opportunities to reduce our impact. The best place to start is just becoming aware of when and how we use energy and water throughout our typical day. As you do your normal activities, think about how long you leave your lights on, leave your phone plugged in, and leave the water running. Now think about how you can adjust your behaviors to trim that up a bit. It’s a game of inches, not miles, and small changes add up to big savings.
Fall Quarter Tips:
The Walker Upper Elementary School school counselors are busy planning their annual visits to all city elementary schools to provide information and guidance to rising fifth graders. For a full calendar of related-events, see important dates below.
“We want to make the transition to a new school as seamless as possible for our current city fourth graders,” said Walker School Counselor John Kronstain. “By visiting these students in the coming weeks, we hope to make connections and put them at ease by providing useful information and answering questions they may have.”
After visiting each of the six elementary schools, Walker Upper Elementary School will invite all city fourth graders to visit the upper elementary school in the spring for Rising Fifth Grade Visit and Tour Day. This will be followed by a Rising Fifth Grade Parent Night that will include dinner, tours, and an information session for families to ask questions.
The school counselors will introduce the rising fifth graders to a variety of information including choosing electives for the 2020-21 school year. Fifth and sixth grade students at Walker can choose two electives. The first selection must be a fine arts option–band, orchestra, music and chorus, or visual arts–and the second choice can be Spanish, Pre-Engineering, or an additional fine arts option (students may not choose both band and orchestra in the same year).
For more details on elective options, view this video:
The Walker Upper Elementary Cooking Club is an after-school activitiy option for fifth and sixth grade students in the EDGE program who want to learn about basic food preparation and cooking skills.
Led by advisor Becky Calvert, the group meets once a week in the school kitchen for an hour and prepares a variety of recipes such as egg rolls, tomato soup, mini-quiches, mac & cheese, homemade granola, fruit and yogurt parfaits, kale chips, crepes, open face roasted veggie sandwiches, mango salsa, cranberry orange muffins and vegetable jambalaya.
“The kids love cooking and are more likely to try something new if they made it,” said Calvert. “They are learning life skills and having fun while doing it.”
At the end of each semester, Calvert said the students receive a cookbook of the recipes they made so they can show their new skills off and re-create their favorite recipes at home.
Spring semester info and sign-ups for Walker’s EDGE clubs will be sent home on 1/27. Registration also begins on 1/27. The first club meetings will be held on 2/5. Fees are $20/semester (free for students with free/reduced lunch). For more information, check out the EDGE web site here!
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the 2019 Walker Spelling Bee and Geography Bee. We are proud of your efforts!
All students at Walker participated in the preliminary 7 rounds and from there, nine students advanced to the final competition consisting of 9 rounds.
The finalists were fifth graders Hayes Connaughton, Cameron Steele, George Aten, and Caja Edwards. Sixth grade finalists were Felix Facteau, Tayah Shanks, Will Maurer, Sam Palmer and Jack Wielar.
Congratulations to our top finishers: 1st Place–Will Maurer, 2nd place–Jack Wielar, and 3rd place–Tayah Shanks.
10 students competed in 10 rounds in the final competition for the annual National Spelling Bee at Walker School. The finalists were students Catherine Crook, Amelia Morrison, Esme Ogden-Amt, Elaina Pierce, Kamdyn Hargrove, Anne Goodall, Griffin Lees, Caitlin King, Ryleigh Harrington, and Maya Lila S.F.
Congratulations to all who participated, especially our first place finalist, Griffin Lees, who correctly spelled the word A-B-U-N-D-A-N-C-E for the win!
The Charlottesville-Albemarle School Calendar Committee has created a draft calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The proposed calendar is nearly identical to this year’s.
Please take a minute to review the draft and share your thoughts with us.
A joint committee from Charlottesville Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools will review the feedback and then present a recommendation to the School Boards in December. After School Board consideration, a vote will be held in January.
Grammy-winning hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, dropped by Walker School to lead Ms. Bohannon’s music students in a behind-the-scenes hip hop song writing workshop.
Skidoo demonstrated some of his own rhymes and beats, and then encouraged students to write their own hip hop verses. One by one (or in some cases two by two), students mustered up courage to share their own original raps to background beats booming through the auditorium.
“Learning writing and rhyming skills through music is a perfect lesson for this age group,” said Charlottesville Schools Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “Through this experience, the sixth graders are learning that their voice is important, and that they can have agency over things that matter to them through creative expression.”
The workshop is part of a larger educational experience for area youth provided by the Paramount Arts Education Program. Nearly 400 city sixth graders, along with other area youth, attended the Secret Agent 23 Skidoo performance at The Paramount. The concert was one of eleven live arts performances scheduled for area students during the 2019-20 school year. Read more about the performance at The Paramount here.
“Through our partnership with The Paramount Theater, our students are able to experience meaningful opportunities through live fine arts year after year,” said Eichorst. “For many of them, visiting the beautifully restored historic Paramount Theater with their classmates is their first experience seeing live music, dance, storytelling, or theater.”
See photo album of the workshop here.
Read more about the visit, including details from the live performance at The Paramount here.
With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has earned a loyal national following. His latest album, Wake Up The Dream is an Amazon Original Album described as a “funk-filled trip through your subconscious.” 2016’s space-themed Infinity Plus One took home music’s biggest prize at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Children’s Album of the Year. Positive themes of empowerment, love, imaginations set loose, hope, ambitions, and dreams run through 23 Skidoo’s extensive catalog. For more, visit the web site.
The Paramount Arts Education Program is committed to presenting the finest arts education performances for area school children. The support and generosity of their Arts Education Partners allows The Paramount to make these programs accessible to ALL children in Central Virginia by offering performances at a reduced cost or free of charge. Over 195,000 students and teachers from all over the region have attended a live performance at The Paramount since 2004. For more, visit the web site.